The proposed Energy Centre will be built on land on the south-western side of the former colliery site.
The Southmoor Energy Centre is consented to use approximately 280,000 tonnes of feedstock per annum comprising non-hazardous residual waste left after recycling from a range of sources across the region, including industrial, commercial and household waste to produce low carbon energy. This will be used to generate enough electricity to power 63,000 homes.
Southmoor Energy Centre presents a number of benefits both for the local area and the wider environment. The new facility will export 26MW low carbon electricity and has the potential to provide a stable supply of low-cost heat to nearby businesses.
The site benefits from an existing rail siding and a further rail connection agreement. The additional connection point will be utilised for the new rail freight handling facility capable of supplying the Energy Centre within the order of 170,000 tonnes of waste per year.
BWB provided ongoing noise and vibration design and assessment support for planning and the environmental permit application.
BWB worked closely with the rest of the project planning and permitting teams to manage the potential noise impact from the site through a complex noise model to ensure that, as the detailed design developed and there was more clarity on exact technologies to be used, that established noise limits could continue to be adhered to, allowing the project to run smoothly.